The Project

Vision, Target Diseases, Objectives, Impact & Governance


Promoting healthy and independent living of the elderly.

The European population growth is slowing down, while the population ageing accelerates. Within Europe’s ageing population, Hearing Loss, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Cognitive Impairments, Mental Health issues and Balance Disorders, as well as Frailty, are prevalent conditions, with tremendous social and financial impact.
Preventing, slowing the development of or dealing effectively with the effects of the above impairments can have a significant impact on the quality of life and lead to significant savings in the cost of healthcare services. 

Target diseases

Use Cases


World report on Ageing and Health, World Health Organisation

Population ageing in Europe Facts, implications and policies

Frailty in Older Adults: Evidence for a Phenotype. Fried, L. P., et al. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 56(3), M146–M157 (2001)


Evidence-based personalised interventions.

Digital tools hold the promise for many health benefits that can enhance the independent living and well-being of the elderly

Motivated by the above, the aim of the SMART BEAR platform is to integrate heterogeneous sensors, assistive medical and mobile devices to enable the continuous data collection from the everyday life of the elderly, which will be analysed to obtain the evidence needed in order to offer personalised interventions promoting their healthy and independent living

SMART BEAR will leverage big data analytics and learning capabilities, allowing for large-scale analysis of the above-mentioned collected data, to generate the evidence required for making decisions about personalised interventions



> Innovative Platform
> Big Data Analytics capabilities
> Security and Privacy preserving

to support the healthy and independent living of elderly people with Hearing Loss, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Cognitive Impairments, Mental Health Issues, Balance Disorders, and Frailty

The platform will support intelligent, evidenced-based interventions on lifestyle, medically-significant risk factors, and chronic disease management

for medical and environment sensing

Data management and analytics

Security and privacy preserving, and security assurance mechanisms



> Reducing morbidity
> Improving quality of life

of vital, behavioral and environmental parameters

with the use of medical devices, wearables and smart home sensors

through proactive lifestyle and wellbeing activities

facilitating the self-monitoring of noise and light levels, temperature and humidity, diet and weight, blood pressure and heart rate



Continuous and objective monitoring and interventions for personalised medicine towards optimising disease and associated risk management

Measurable improvements to the quality of life of the elderly and their ability to live independently


The Platform

> Technology Readiness Level 9
> Large Scale Pilots validation

Identification, deployment and integration of off-the-shelf smart consumer and medical devices enabling the continuous monitoring of parameters pertinent to the health and well-being of the elderly

The raw data needed for SMART-BEAR will be collected through functional, physiological and behavioural monitoring, medical device usage and compliance, as well as social interaction monitoring of the elderly

To collect these data, SMART BEAR will use assistive medical devices, wearable body sensors, virtual assistants for cognitive and balance training;
smart home sensors and actuators, and mobile devices along with their embedded sensors

The SMART BEAR platform will offer open APIs and data representations aligned with existing interoperability standards (HL7), defining a baseline for data valorisation and sharing purposes

Basic analytics to infer higher level monitoring parameters and the state of the elderly from device/sensor raw data

Advanced data analytics to generate the evidence required for making decisions about personalised interventions from the monitoring parameter values obtained

Decision support capabilities that will enable the identification and delivery of personalised, intelligent interventions to support the healthy and independent living of the elderly in line with existing medical knowledge

Implementation of privacy and security preserving controls to cover all the components and connections in the SMART BEAR platform

These mechanisms will follow a privacy and security-by design approach, in which a thorough security analysis will be carried out from the early stage of the platform design, considering security, privacy and regulatory compliance requirements (e.g. GDPR, NIS directive) that should be met to ensure not only legitimate operation of the SMART BEAR platform, but also its acceptance and usability by the involved users

Integration of the SMART BEAR components into an innovative, affordable and sustainable smart adaptive living solution to improve the healthy and independent living of elderly people and their Quality of Life

As part of this objective, we will also: integrate sensing and actuation mechanisms needed for realising interventions at the smart home level; build and host a big data repository to store data collected by sensors, devices and mobile applications; develop appropriate data visualisation and interfacing mechanisms to enable the use of the platform by different types of users with different needs, including elderly users, their caregivers and medical experts

Demonstrate and validate the SMART BEAR technology in real smart home environments engaging all relevant actors (elderly, health care professionals, and significant others), aiming to support co-creation and maximize
user acceptance and trust in the system, revolutionizing consumption of digital services at home and enabling new self-management care systems for a better quality of life for the elderly in general and in particular for those groups covering the five main health conditions and frailty addressed by the project

The SMART BEAR platform will be validated in five different pilots, spanning six different European countries and involving thousands of end users, whilst considering the effect of the platform in promoting healthy and independent living and wellbeing in the context of different organisational models for providing public and private healthcare services within regions, countries and across Europe

Thus, beyond supporting healthy and independent living interventions for
individuals, the platform of SMART BEAR will also support the analysis of potential public health policies at regional, national and international levels regarding such interventions